Speech at the national conference on HR development and training for natural resources and environment sector

06 Dec 2010

Speaker: Setsuko Yamazaki, UNDP Country Director
Date:       6 December 2010
Event:     National Conference on HR development and training for natural resources and environment sector

Your Excellency Mr. Pham Khoi Nguyen, Minister of Natural Resources & Environment
Distinguished representatives
Ladies and Gentlemen

Let me start by congratulating the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment for organising this national conference on human resource development and training for the natural resources and environment sector. I would like to thank the Ministry for inviting me to address at this important meeting.

Over the last 8 years, since the establishment of the MONRE, we have seen the commendable achievements of the Ministry in leading the national agenda of natural resources and the environment. In particular, the Ministry played an important role in establishing basic institutional structure at all levels and formulated a number of policies and legal frameworks. As Vietnam’s economy modernizes and rapidly grows, we have seen the importance of the natural resources and environment and the role of the Ministry.

Viet Nam is approaching an important transition point as you shift your focus from economic growth to “quality of growth” as a Middle Income Country.  The draft Socio-Economic Development Strategy sets out Viet Nam’s desired economic growth trajectory, but also emphasizes the need for social, human and sustainable development for all Vietnamese citizens. The economic growth and sustainable development need to be integrated into one strategy, not as two separate strategies. The draft SEDS also identifies human resource development as a critical breakthrough for fast, sustainable and quality growth.

From the UN perspective, I would like to highlight three key areas of particular relevance to the content of the report.

First, it is important to consider turning the climate change challenges of our time into an opportunity for Viet Nam to opt for a development path of “green growth” which creates a clean and low-carbon economy, and invest in human resources for this new opportunity.

Green growth means jobs, investment pouring in, exports pouring out, technology transfer, more skilled work force, less prone to energy markets and more resilient economy. Since the first industrial revolution, the primary energy source defined the growth.  From coal and steam in the 19th century, to oil and gas in the 20th century, the next industrial revolution will be a green revolution in which generation of growth comes from clean energy.

Here in Viet Nam, in early November, Mr. Yvo De Boer, former Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC visited Hanoi. One of the key messages given by this top world specialist to the policy makers in Viet Nam was to make a strategic decision as to whether the country is ready to integrate green growth as part of its development strategy, and if so it will require national commitments, plans, and targets.
 
If Viet Nam opts for this development path, it will require a strategy to invest in relevant human resource development in all sectors, from agriculture, economics, finance, planning, and science and engineering and promote scientific exchanges, technology transfers and international cooperation.

Secondly, the green growth will be achieved only in cooperation with the private sector under the leadership of the state. It will be therefore necessary to have sufficient qualified staff who can guide the market with provision of policy, regulatory functions and enforcement of laws. In this connection, it is also important for the government to have capacity to communicate to the market to induce desired results.

Thirdly, it is necessary to integrate the human resource development plans and targets into the next 10 year strategy and 5 year sector plan for 2011-2015 and monitor the progress in cooperation with other sectors, especially training and education, information, and science and technology. In order to achieve green growth, the country requires a cross-sectoral and cross-ministerial approach to human resource development plan. The MONRE plays a crucial role to provide support to other sectors such as agriculture, industry, and transportation in fulfilling their responsibly to ensure sustainable use of natural resources and protect the environment.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Ho Chi Minh said, "for the benefit of ten years we should plant trees, for the benefit of hundred years we should develop human resources." Viet Nam stands at a crossroads to make a decision for a long-term development goal and it is high time to start developing human resources for green growth.

UNDP  is firmly committed to supporting Viet Nam in developing its human resources for its transformation with a new human resource strategy.
I wish you fruitful discussions and a productive conference.
Thank you.